Category Archives: nature

self defined

nature unfolds as it will.  it creates its own rules for beauty.  sometimes awkward and unexpected.  it grows forth and defines itself.  three images…

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rules

some of you may remember ‘calvin rules’.  which is to say ‘no rules’.  often i think calvin rules were preceded by daylily rules.  which is to say nature rules – like the platypus.  or simply unexpected mostly unnatural combinations.  or just sit back while we explain the exceptions…  three images…

 

looking in all directions

walking this folder of pictures just like it is the walk in the garden.  looking in all directions.  seeing what there is to see.  not looking for the good, the bad, and the ugly.  might as well cover one eye, listen only with one ear, and put half of my brain to sleep.  there is the present, the possibility, and the dream.  i would give this flower all three.  it is a cross of Volcan Fuego and Lola Branham.  one is raw talent and the other is pure grace.  can they be stirred gently together in the next go round ?  i dream the answer is yes.  three images…

there is a name for that

plants keep coming up with new traits.  and eventually we come up with names to describe those traits.  like this plant.  there is another name for this trait.  some people just call it freckles.  either one works.  and while we are wondering about the plant and the name for the characteristic the plant goes on doing its thing.  four images…

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back where we started

this is a sib cross.  two sibling plants crossed back to each other trying to reinforce traits hidden in the first cross.  Autumn Minaret is tall.  the seedling was too.   it also has a small flower.  Desert Icicle has a long petaled flowing flower.  some things come back on that second cross.  will the height come back too ?  two images…

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14-120 10-064 Desert Icicle x Autumn Minaret) x ( 11-0730-A Desert Icicle x Autumn Minaret

14-120 10-064 Desert Icicle x Autumn Minaret) x ( 11-0730-A Desert Icicle x Autumn Minaret

 

faces

did you ever have the situation of trying to tell two identical twins apart ?   awkward.  confusing.  sometimes even frustrating.  and more i am sure.  please let me flip that coin.  step into a garden.  earlier today i was looking up at a very tall cosmos.  the flowers that just opened today were a much richer color than the flower that opened a day or so before.  and yes they were on the same plant.  another opportunity to observe nature at work.  or at play.  or at educating.  tonight i moved from nature observation class 101 to 102.  searching for a picture.  found one.  i think it is Alien Data Base.  so i compare it to other images.  it is.  and it is still one of those faces moments.  are these all the same flower, the same plant ?  well each day is a new flower.  a flower that opens and closes in one day.  and is gone the next day.   replaced by another flower bud from the same plant.  these were all taken here in my garden of the course of july.  is there a deja vu like word that covers such puzzlement ?   five images…

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